Theology Thursday #3 – Promises, Promises

“which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures”
~Romans 1:2

In today’s Theology Thursday text (as you see above) we’ll be looking at Romans 1:2.
Now, as we’ve already seen in the previous post, this is the Apostle Paul writing the letter to the Church in Rome around a.d. 55, and it was most likely written from Corinth.

The context for the beginning of the second verse:

“which he promised…”

is that Paul is referring to the Gospel, or literally, the “Good News” as we read back in verse one which I expounded on here: http://wp.me/p3UQi7-2x
So next we see Paul tells us that the Gospel was “promised beforehand”.
Now, what would that mean? We’ve already seen the context and background so now we have a fairly good idea of what he’s referring to, but, for my own sake, (i just love defining things for clarity) we’ll look at both words:

The definition of “Promised” (according to Google) is:

“To assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.”

And the definition of “Beforehand”:

“Before an action or event; in advance.”

So, looking at both these definitions working in harmony together, we see Paul telling us prophiesthat The Gospel was a message that was definitely going to happen, but was also promised before the New Testament was even written. Pretty cool seeing God’s sovereign hand working in history before it happens!

To expound even further, we’ll look at some pretty mind-blowing “promises beforehand” found in the Old Testament completely fulfilled in the New Testament concerning Christ who is the very center of the Bible and the Gospel.
The first being Genesis 3:15:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Kinda cool finding a promise for Christ so early on in history, completely fulfilled in Christ on the cross paying our penalty for sin. (John 19:30)
Another later on:

“A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.””
~Isaiah 40:3-5

This passage is a very commonly cited messianic reference pointing to the one who would “prepare the way” namely, John the Baptist. Who, in turn points to Christ as Lord and Savior and God.
And take note, there are literally hundreds of these prophecies pointing to Christ. These I noted are just a couple of examples! It’s really fascinating reading up on more, and there are plenty of great study resources to take advantage of out there.

If you’re a Christian, you’ve most likely heard all this before, but sometimes it’s good (for me included) to look through the Bible and really study, not just read, but study and learn and apply. I hope this encouraged you in some way!

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